The landscape of dedicated breakfast restaurants in the South Florida area is dominated by national chains (IHOP, Denny’s, Original Pancake House, etc). However, customers of the pancake variety can take in a southern sampling of alternate locations for National Pancake Week. Fill up on your favorite breakfast item at one of these standout eateries.
3468 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133
Coconut Grove has wide sidewalks and angled streets where tourists and residents can stroll and enjoy the views during their workday or vacation. GreenStreet, on the corner of Commodore Plaza and Main Highway, has a European-themed atmosphere which emphasizes the laid-back way of life that has become part of the character of “the Grove.” Pancakes can be ordered in a half order (2) at $6.50 or a full order (4) at $7. The pancakes are nine inches in diameter, which offers value on the price. The selection of flapjacks is wide as well. Choose from the regular, whole wheat, pumpkin, banana and blueberry options. None will disappoint.
Deli Lane Cafe & Tavern
7230 S.W. 59th Ave.
South Miami, FL 33143
This business has been in the same location for 20 years and it claims to have the best pancakes in Miami. Order nine-inch pancakes stacked high (5) at $8.95 or low (3) at $6.95. Customers can eat regular buttermilk pancakes or strawberry and banana pancakes with the fruit baked into the batter. Health-conscious customers can order the buckwheat banana pancakes and kids have their own selection at $3.95 for regular buttermilk pancakes or $4.95 for chocolate chips or fruit pancakes. Deli Lane challenges customers to eat a stack of 10 pancakes in 20 minutes for a free meal and only one customer so far has been able to achieve this feat.
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Chuck Wagon Restaurant
7628 S.W. 117th Ave.
Miami, FL 33183
Owned by three brothers at three locations since 1979, the Chuck Wagon Restaurant brings customers back to a South Florida that was mostly farmland as far as the eye could see. The 117th Avenue location is in a nook mall next to a horse feed and equipment store. Located nearby are the ranches of the Horse Country district on Sunset Drive. Patrons receive a familial atmosphere from the waitresses and the owner as they sit next to diehard loyal customers. The best seller of this eatery is the chocolate chip pancakes and they are best with whipped cream either on the side or on top. Prices range from $4.45 (regular buttermilk pancakes, stack of 2) to $7.45 (chocolate chip pancakes, stack of 3).
Bobbie Jo’s Diner
1320 N Krome Ave.
Homestead, FL 33030
Formerly Sam’s Country Kitchen, Bobbie Jo’s Diner’s western location brings in bicycle riders, motorcyclists and farmers. The pancakes are made fresh and can be ordered in a stack of two or three. The selection includes blueberry, strawberry, chocolate chip and pecan pancakes. These pancakes are simple but taste simply amazing nonetheless. The fruits are fresh and the meals are served efficiently by the staff.
22700 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33194
Just past the Miccosukee Resort & Casino on Krome, the well-known and famous Coopertown Airboat Rides has stood since 1945. Many famous people have eaten at the restaurant and signed the guestbook (Doris Day, Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds, Billy Martin, Mickey Mantle) and customers can add their name also. The fleet of seven airboats is well used for movie and documentary filmmaking and fashion photo shoots as well as tourists into the “River of Grass” guided by experienced and well-trained guides. After an airboat ride, customers can have a stack of buttermilk pancakes and stay for frog legs, gator tail and catfish.
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